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 English Vocabulary for ESL learners 



THANKSGIVING  VOCABULARY

English vocabulary relating to Thanksgiving traditions and celebrations, for ESL-EFL learners.


In the United States, the fourth Thursday in November is called Thanksgiving Day. On this day Americans give thanks for the good things they have had in the past year.
Thanksgiving is another name for the Harvest Festival traditionally held in Great Britain to mark the end of the local harvest season. This tradition was taken to North America by early settlers who celebrated the first American Thanksgiving in 1621.
Most people celebrate Thanksgiving by gathering with family or friends for a holiday feast, usually with turkey as the centerpiece.

Word Meaning
Autumn Season between summer and winter called the "fall" in the US.
Bounty Abundance; yield of a crop.
Corn Grain plant, also called 'maize'.
Cornucopia A symbol of abundance consisting of a goat's horn overflowing with flowers, fruit, and corn.
Cranberry Small red berry used for making sauce and jelly.
Crop A cultivated plant that is grown on a large scale, especially a cereal, fruit, or vegetable, that is collected at harvest time and referred to as a crop.
Feast A big meal to celebrate something.
Harvest The cutting and gathering of grain and other crops.
Mayflower Name of ship on which the Pilgrims sailed. There were 102 people on the ship including crew members.
Pie Fruit or meat cooked in pastry.
Pilgrim A person who travels a long distance for religious purposes.
Pilgrims Name given to the English Puritans who went to America in 1620 because of religious differences with the Church of England. They traveled on a ship called the Mayflower.
Pumpkin Large round orange-coloured fruit.
Puritans Group of English protestants who wanted simpler forms of church ceremony and greater strictness in religious discipline.
Plymouth Port in England from which the Mayflower set sail.
Settlers People who go to live in a new developing country.
Thanksgiving Expressing gratitude.
Turkey Large bird traditionally eaten at Thanksgiving (and also at Christmas).
Wampanoag people Native American people in North America who helped the Pilgrims and taught them how to plant corn, hunt, and fish in the new land.

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